Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic was presented to Atletico Madrid fans at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid. Wearing the number 9 jersey, he stood in front of thousands of fans who chanted his name.
Mandzukic is impressed with fans, the city and the coach. He thanked the club and the fans for welcoming him to the club. Speaking at the press conference during his official presentation, the striker reiterated his gratefulness to the club and the city for the warm welcome.
“Thank you to the President for his welcoming. I’m very happy to be in Atletico de Madrid and very grateful for this welcome. I come from a great club, Bayern Munich, and came to another big club, Atletico de Madrid. I’m very happy to be here, in a club that was the league champion last season. I know the club and the players quite well. I think they’re great players and I’m very happy, specially with the coach- I think we see football the same way.”
The Croatian is in line to replace Diego Costa and it was Simeone's passion and dedication that convinced him to join the club.
"Of course I'm really happy, Cholo (Diego) Simeone will be my new coach. Actually I've signed, so he's my coach already. I appreciate him, I know his footballing history. He's been a great football player, giving everything for his team, the same thing he keeps proving as a coach. He's got a passion for football, he is dedicated to it. In that sense, he and I are very much alike."